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Switch Replacement for heated seat?

Heat Switch does not seem to work on the front seat of my LT. It is always ON and frying my rear end!!!. Yes, I can unplug it, but in that case, everytime I want to turn on then I have to lift the front seat and plug it back on. (Yes, I know the middle position is the OFF position)

Any idea for replacing the heat switch? OEM or after market?

Thanks in advance...

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

I think that Doug Sorchilla tried to buy a switch and found that it is not sold as a spare part, meaning you need to buy a whole seat!
I remember someone suggesting a switch from Corbin. Worth a try.
Of course you can always look for a used switch, but I am afraid that people want to sell the whole seat and not part with the switch.

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

If I had my "Mickey-Mouse Ears" on, I would wire a toggle switch to disable the heated seat current. This would become my new on/off switch.

I bet you you could also remove the switch and go the the local NAPA (or equiv) and have them match it up.

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

I would have to guess any good electronics store would carry a replacement switch. If you can get the old one out, take it to one.

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

I think a 'single pole double throw' rocker switch,Should be able to find one at about any of the Auto parts stores, Radio shack OWETF. Ask around on the Saturday chore run.

Shouldn't be too much load on it.

Or, pull the fuse...............?....................
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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

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Heat Switch does not seem to work on the front seat of my LT. It is always ON and frying my rear end!!!. Yes, I can unplug it, but in that case, everytime I want to turn on then I have to lift the front seat and plug it back on. (Yes, I know the middle position is the OFF position)

Any idea for replacing the heat switch? OEM or after market?

Thanks in advance...
Heated seats in Arizonia?.....


Just kidding.....I know that it gets down to the mid forties.....

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

Maybe Corbin will sell you one of theirs http://www.corbin.com/infopages/heaterinfo.html
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PM me, I scalp the one off my original!!! Your lucky its sitting on my bench!

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

Yes, I only need the heat in the mornings. It is too hot to use in the afternoon.

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Heated seats in Arizonia?.....


Just kidding.....I know that it gets down to the mid forties.....

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

Hmmmm.......
I did get a switch for my '03 from BMW and replaced mine...

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Hmmmm.......
I did get a switch for my '03 from BMW and replaced mine...

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

I just order the switch from BMW in Hong Kong. Total HK$404.00 after get 10% discount.
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Thatīs US $ 52 !
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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

When I bought my 99 the switch was stuck on and the PO cut the wires. I took the seat off and soak the switch in WD40 and slowly forced the switch back and forth until it freed up.
I got lucky and its worked fine.


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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

seems like I paid $34 U.S. for it.........
was listed under something else but they said it was the same switch and it did work.
through a series of events I even ended up with two of them and sent one to another member of this site who needed one.
I can't search my records because we're in the middle of moving and.........which box ??

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

Seems like it was a heated grip switch that I got to replace the bad seat switch.........

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Got It !!!!

I found it Matt
Part # 61-31-1-459-234 switch, heated grips, heated seat for K1200LT (and others)
$41.17

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

I have to agree with mooney 3025, spray it with some wd40 and work it back an forth. It is a single pole-double throw-center off (not a very common switch) and if the centering spring gets gummed up it will not let the internal element "park" in the center. If that does not work replace it with a general purpose single pole-single throw switch. Just wire up the low setting and tape off the high. That way you have on and off. You don't need high in AZ. (or just wire up the high side)

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

If mine failed I would look real hard at something like this.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#6797t15/=5ajt68

Did not check all the specs, nor do I know the space constraints in the seat, but Mcmaster may have something that will work.

Good luck.

Edit: Wait a minute before I get postalized The one that is highlighted won't work because it is momentary on, needs a relay to hold the signal. But look around on a few pages, may be something there. It just may not be waterproof, but some RTV can help cure that.

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

Would I be right in thinking that basically the seat has two sets of heating element wires taking power from the same source ?

The LOW setting ( one wire ) goes to only one connector on one side of the switch and the HIGH setting ( both wires ) to the two connectors on the other side ?
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For the continued education of the members I offer the "heated seat switch" disassembled!







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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

Thanks.

Is the "switch" bit only attached to the "contact" bit by pressure, and how is it removed ?.

Could it be by squeezing the tabs at each side and pulling ?.

If so, it looks like the switch has been specifically designed to be taken apart so that it can be lightly greased to ease movement.

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

and remember, when re-installing to place it on the OTHER side! Down south, after warming up the seat a little, how are you supposed to safely turn it off without removing your hand from the throttle? Turn on the cruse control?

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Re: Switch Replacement for heated seat?

I haven't seen the back side of those but many rocker switches can be taken apart and cleaned. Just look out for one or two flying springs when the two halves are separated. Beyond that all you need is a wire brush on the Dremel Tool and a little electric grease for reassembly. I did my headlight rocker on the Yamaha last fall. It went from dead (no high beam) to like new.


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and remember, when re-installing to place it on the OTHER side! Down south, after warming up the seat a little, how are you supposed to safely turn it off without removing your hand from the throttle? Turn on the cruse control?
Just reach back on your next decelleration, you will have the throttle off anyway. Only takes two seconds. But then you do have the cruise option.

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I am never happy to take my hand off the right handle bar and the switch wobbles around a bit and also you never know if it is on high or low.

There isnīt a lot of room on the other to put a switch and be operate it with a gloved hand.

Wouldnīt it be possible to wire it in conjuntion with the grips switch as one normally has them on at the same time, i.e. low grips, low seat, high grips, high seat ?.

Any opinions about this ?
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Thanks.

Is the "switch" bit only attached to the "contact" bit by pressure, and how is it removed ?.

Could it be by squeezing the tabs at each side and pulling ?.

If so, it looks like the switch has been specifically designed to be taken apart so that it can be lightly greased to ease movement.
Yes, the only tool used for the removal was a small pick. Held back one of the "ears" and wiggled it out. The actually connection is a recessed "plug". Again, used the pick to get under the four tabs to get it loose...

Matt, you just need the switch right.. Don't really want to circumcise my seat by cutting wires...

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seems like I paid $34 U.S. for it.........
was listed under something else but they said it was the same switch and it did work.
through a series of events I even ended up with two of them and sent one to another member of this site who needed one.
I can't search my records because we're in the middle of moving and.........which box ??
Many BMW spare parts are very expensive in Hong Kong. USA selling price is much cheaper, if including delivery charge is almost the same price in Hong Kong, because the delivery charge from USA to Hong Kong is very expensive.
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I am never happy to take my hand off the right handle bar and the switch wobbles around a bit and also you never know if it is on high or low.

There isnīt a lot of room on the other to put a switch and be operate it with a gloved hand.

Wouldnīt it be possible to wire it in conjuntion with the grips switch as one normally has them on at the same time, i.e. low grips, low seat, high grips, high seat ?.

Any opinions about this ?
That seems like the best solution I've heard....Shouldn't be too hard to wire them together.

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